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June 13, 2009

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June 13, 2009

I came to GCN very confused after being kicked out of ex-gay ministry programs. I thought that being gay was wrong and had no idea how to live as a Christian who happened to be gay. GCN is very unique as the organization affirms multiple life paths, including supporting individuals who pursue celibate lives as those who are pursuing relationships. GCN finally connected me with a church who understands me and where I can be myself. I appreciate that GCN provided me a place to explore what I thought without insisting that I believe certain things about being gay.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really engage both the gay community and the Christian community, particularly challenging the intense homophobia present in fundamentalist circles.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 13, 2009

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June 13, 2009

When I first accepted that I was gay, after many long years of trying to turn straight through dating women, ex-gay therapy, etc., I felt completely alone and rejected, and falling away from God. How could a loving God make someone an "abomination?" Then I found GCN, and a lot of my questions were answered, and because of GCN I have gotten to the point where I can comfortably call myself gay and a Christian, and feel at peace that those two aspects of myself are not in conflict. It has been a great organization to me, extremely welcoming, and I'm happy to have been a part of it for over a year now.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Myself and others being able to successfully recognize that God made us who we are and loves us.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

market it more on college campuses.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amazing supportiveness of everyone I've met through GCN.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely amazing, wonderful, caring, loving and accepting people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff, run more events, and grab more publicity and possibly open its own church.

Ways to make it better...

If I had been more active when I first joined.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continuing to raise funds in an economic crisis.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the organization could be a little better organized as far as events go.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 13, 2009

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June 13, 2009

The Gay Christian Network has helped me to change the way I look at myself, the way I look at the church, the way I look at God, and the way I look at the gay community - all for the better. I was certainly surprised to find a community that wanted to make it a safe place for those struggling between areas of faith and sexuality. First and foremost, GCN helped me to realize that I am far from alone. I am very thankful to have them as part of my life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

in meeting many others who have been through similar experiences. Until I found GCN, I had felt there was no one like me out there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, supportive, willing to pray when needed, and there when I needed them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to far more of the people - especially younger people - who are struggling - instead of helping just those who are lucky enough to stumble on in by accident.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 12, 2009

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June 12, 2009

This website-organization has been a great resource for thousands of people around the world who need a safe place to work out the relationship between their religious beliefs, their sexuality, and their community. Imagine being a gay kid in a conservative atmosphere and not knowing anyone in your daily life who is openly gay and religious at the same time. It's a very scary and vulnerable position. And this site provides safe haven for people from all backgrounds to meet other people, hear their stories, ask for advice and prayers, and even just talk about movies and music and tell jokes, etc. In my years on the site, I've seen people who think they are alone learn that there are thousands of others like them, and that we all share the same struggles and that there is hope for living a healthy, honest, proud life. The small staff and large volunteer pool work very hard to ensure that the site remains as inclusive and as constructive as possible, and they deserve an award for how well they have maintained a space that encourages diversity and gives people the freedom to ask the questions they need answered.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth of spiritual maturity and personal confidence of members as they learn there are ways to be gay without giving up their faith.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not be able to do better than the current staff -- they are a wise group of people who have done a tremendous job!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to hear so many different perspectives on life and so much wisdom about reconciling our sexuality with God's love for the world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very concerned about maintaining the safe atmosphere of the site and about making it as useful as possible in helping members live productively.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more media work exploring the lives and concerns of gay Christians, as with their recent documentary "Through My Eyes."

Ways to make it better...

I had discovered it earlier in my own life.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

adjusting to its rapid growth as more people discover it; and I mean adjusting in the sense of both keeping up with the technical demands and finding new ways to minister to such a large population.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I barely make enough money to make ends meet, but I make a small monthly donation because this site has been a blessing to me and I want it to continue to be a blessing to others as well.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009

GCN found me questioning the purpose of my life. It introduced me to people who had walked a common path and made me feel included. Now I'm proud to say that the definition of my life is about the relationships I foster - mostly with local members of this community. In fostering those relationships I've become a much more balanced person with so much more to give to each person I encounter in my work and life. If you're gay and have ever wondered "why are we here" the answer might just start at GCN.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life and in the lives of my friends.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fail miserably!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to share in the annual conference and the connections it has given me near and far.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Personable, approachable, intelligent, loving, dedicated, strong, purposefull, giving, resolute, relentless, tireless. I would have quit a million times but they didn't.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Tell it's story to more people, in far away places, and in our back yard, and give them a hope and a future.

Ways to make it better...

If I had been the person then that I aspire to be because of GCN.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The fact that it's primary sources of income are from it's mostly young members and that gay benefactors won't give to it because it serves the Christian community and Christian benefactors won't give to it because it serves the gay community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope GCN's message and story is told around the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 11, 2009

The Gay Christian Network impacts thousands of people every month across the globe. It provides a safe space for people to come and just be themselves as Gay Christians, or to work through their own personal struggles with reconciling their faith and sexuality. GCN was instrumental in helping me become a whole person. Before finding this community, I felt very alone in the world and did not think it was even possible to reconcile my faith and my sexuality. Before the help I received through GCN reconciling my faith and sexuality, I was frequently depressed and even suicidal at times. GCN quite possibly saved my life. In addition to providing a moderated safe-space, GCN also provides ways to plug into local communities and provides resources to continue the journey toward wholeness that so many of us have started. GCN has also produced a one-of-a-kind DVD of our stories to help educate the church and bridge the gap between gays and Christians. The Gay Christian Network truly does a great work. Bridges are being built, people are finding peace and lives are being saved through the efforts of this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life, and in the lives of many other people that I've met throughout the years.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the community and friends that I have made along the way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding. GCN has some of the most dedicated volunteers I have ever met. They and the staff do an amazing job each and every day.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009

I wanted to devout at least one post to an amazing haven, The Gay Christian Network (www.gaychristian.net). I believe that had I had this website when I was in high school I would be a very different person than I am. GCN is an amazing organization that offers a community, support, resources, and a haven for gay Christians all over the world. It was started by a brave gay man who wanted a place he felt comfortable being gay and discussing his faith. I wanted to write a short blog praising this organization and encouraging all my readers to join. GCN is not just for LGBT folks. Allies are welcome and needed. It will take all of us to help people understand that both identities can coexist. Message Boards At first glance GCN has some amazing message boards. When you join you are put into an age board and a location board. You can customize what special forums you see, and the general forums are great! People on these forums are friendly, loving, accepting, and diverse. I have met so many people from all over the world. This past June I traveled to New Zealand. I was there a month and wanted to make sure I spoke to someone when I was there. I joined the Oceanic forum in hopes that natives could help me maximize my time in the country and in hopes that someone would want to meet for dinner/coffee on travels. A really awesome native offered to show me around Wellington, and we hung out a few times while I was in the city. I tell you this story to help you understand the community that GCN offers. Resources GCN is an abundant resource. They have a great book section, have a weekly radio program, offer DVD resources, and have many educational forums. The website offers two distinct views on Christianity and homosexuality. One side believes that you can be a christian and have homosexual relationships while another faction believes that to be christian and gay you must be celibate. Both factions coexist in an environment of dialogue. It is a great place for all to express their opinions. Pass it on I am realistic that most of you (all 10 people) will not read my blog and rush off to join GCN. I offer this post as a resource to you to pass on to dissenters, friends, and people who may benefit from it. It has helped me grow and develop and I hope it can do that for others. As always, thank you for reading. I appreciate your sticking with me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Resources GCN is an abundant resource. They have a great book section, have a weekly radio program, offer DVD resources, and have many educational forums. The website offers two distinct views on Christianity and homosexuality. One side believes tha

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what they are doing now.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Message Boards At first glance GCN has some amazing message boards. When you join you are put into an age board and a location board. You can customize what special forums you see, and the general forums are great! People on these forums are friendl

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Message Boards At first glance GCN has some amazing message boards. When you join you are put into an age board and a location board. You can customize what special forums you see, and the general forums are great! People on these forums are friendl

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach a lot more people. It could help begin an important mission to marry two pieces of our society that must be merged. Gays and christians are not separate but can be one force for peace and love in this world.

Ways to make it better...

the nonprofit had more money, resources, and staff to focus on other things but immediate responses and immediate concerns. Justin (CEO) does everything and devouts his life to this. He needs a staff and the ability to attract and pay them well.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of resources, money, and staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

GCN is something that I wish I had as a high schooler. This is something that many teens face without any help or direcetion. It is essential!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009

GCN is a great place for anyone to come in and find real friends and encouragement! Everyone who is able needs to support this wonderful organization in any way they can!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ministering to the GLBT as well as Christian communities. Reaching out to the youth.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to network with other people. watching their amazing musical and other media entertainment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

funny, creative, spiritual leaders.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support itself and stop cutting programs have an international impact

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009

GCN is a lifesaver for many GLBT Christians that seek support and guidance in being both Christian and GLBT. The GCN Network is a Ministry that shares GOD'S "true" love for ALL of HIS Children. Guests can view parts of the website to get a better understanding of it, to see if they will will comfortable or not becoming a Member (whichh is FREE by the way), and if they choose to join, I know they will find GOD'S love in every aspect of this wonderful Ministry. GOD loves YOU, GOD loves ME, and it doesnt matter if you are straight or GLBT, HE loves YOU for whom HE made you to be. Nobody has the right to judge anyone in life, except for HIM. If you are GLBT and Christian, this is the Minsitry to be a part of. It is filled with love, support, prayer, activities, and you can even kick back and play some games in the fun and games forum. Thankyou to Justin Lee for having the oppurtunity to start this Community up. It has grown from just him in the beginning to over 10,000 members. PRAISE GOD for GCN!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Lives changed

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The love that is shared by GLBT Members and our Straight supporters as well

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Children of GOD

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the word of GOD and HIS love for us to all corners of the earth

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 10, 2009

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June 10, 2009

GCN changed my life. I honestly can say that were it not for Justin Lee and the amazing volunteers and members of GCN, I would be in a completely different place. Through GCN, I was able to meet and connect with people just like me. I found the resources I needed to reconcile my faith with my sexuality, and witness the fruits of the Spirit and the love of Christ at work in people just like me. GCN's annual conference is the most powerful time of year for me. Witnessing lives transformed NEVER gets old, and that's what this organization helps people do. The community offers overwhelming hope and support to those in the most grave of circumstances. Lives have literally been saved. It's a shame that the news media doesn't portray the portrait of Christ that GCN does.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the lives of everyday people. This organization has touched people from all walks of life -- from the most liberal Christian traditions, to the most conservative. This organization has saved people from suicide, and has helped families come together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would be working more closely with churches nationally.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing Christ at work in the lives of so many people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING! On fire! Talented, and genuine cared about people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world!

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more offline resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money and focus.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This organization saved my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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